Already a member of the club of the "most beautiful villages of France" since 2003, Eguisheim was elected "favorite village of the French in 2013".
Eguisheim is supported on gentle hills planted with vines. Located at an altitude of 210 meters, in the heart of Alsace, this wine village displays the 339 hectares of its soil 5 km from Colmar and close to Strasbourg, Friborg and Basel, European capitals. Hometown of Pope St. Leon IX, Eguisheim enjoys a worldwide reputation.
Grand prize national fleurie since 1989, ranked one of the Most Beautiful Villages of France in 2003, gold medal of the European contest of the floral agreement in 2006... This cradle of Alsatian vineyard, wrapped in concentric circles and multicolored Around his castle, no longer counts his titles of nobility.
Eguisheim, cradle of the Alsatian vineyard: It was in the 4th century that the Romans planted the first vines in Alsace in Eguisheim. Since that distant age, generations of passionate winegrowers have combined their centuries-old experience in the tradition and high quality of their great wines. Their sylvaner, pinot blanc, muscat, pinot gris, gewurztraminer, riesling and pinot noir are incomparable wines. Visit one of their century-old wineries and do not miss the pleasure of tasting these exceptional wines, of world-wide reputation.
Eguisheim, historical city: In the year 720, Count Eberhard, duke of Alsace and nephew of Sainte Odile, built his castle which still occupies the center of the town and it is this line that was born in 1002, in this same Castle one of the noblest sons of Alsace, this reforming Pope St. Leo IX, promoter of the truce of god, whose memory is here piously preserved. Let us pass on the wars, the devastations of which this borough was the victim and the stake in the course of time. The presence on the hill, close to a stone's throw, of the ruins of the three castles of Eguisheim, tells us what, in these rough times, could be the life of the peasant-farmers who suddenly left the plow or gouge To take shelter within their walls. Once the era of boiling pitch and molten lead has passed, the village has been fortified and it is what gives it its original appearance: concentric streets around the castle, the facades of triple thickness, Outside and pierced with loopholes. This did not prevent the Eguishians from lovingly caring for a land planted with vines and fruit trees. For the virtues inherent in this terroir are summed up in the humanism of the vine and the wine.
Discover Eguisheim through its history inscribed in its old stones. Stop at the 12th-century church. The nave demolished in 1803 was rebuilt in 1807; But the tympanum is still that of the old church; He proposes to your meditation the eternal mystical reality of Christ between St. Peter and St. Paul, the wise virgins and the foolish virgins. This bell tower, which is surmounted by a nest of storks, is the one that Hansi drew every time he composed a village in Alsace.
Admire this curious mixture of civil architecture and military architecture, through its concentric alleys built on the ancient ramparts. Discover the five courtyards, the former hostelry where Turenne slept on the eve of the Battle of Turckheim, the old solar clock in the courtyard of Eschau, the old town hall built in 1364, That is, lepers; The gothic fountain, the gothic fountain, the communal oven... go through these narrow paths, and pull them, for you alone, from their long sleep: it is the whole history of the village that they restore to your dilection.
Discover also Eguisheim in the friendly warmth of its vault; The wines of high lineage, it is on the land that gave birth to them that the soul must be cleared: they combine with authentic spiritual values the qualities of a vegetable product pushed to a high degree of perfection.
But also discover Eguisheim in its alleys that combine the past with the present, get to know it even in the recollection of its silences...
It is possible to book guided tours all year round for groups at the tourist office.
Eguisheim: This trail proposes to discover the wine and the vineyard of Eguisheim in a more thorough and original way. It will make you know the 7 Alsatian grape varieties thanks to explanatory panels throughout the course. Others will present the work of the winegrowers. You will also discover the two Grands Crus Eichberg and Pfersigberg, their geology and their exhibition, as well as a panorama on Eguisheim, its vineyards and the Trois Châteaux. From mid-June to mid-September, guided tours are organized free of charge by winegrowers.
The Three Castles from the top Eguisheim: Three dungeons, standing on the hill of Schlossberg, dominate the plain of Alsace at 591 meters above sea level. They were built in the 11th and 13th centuries. In the center, the oldest is the castle of Wahlenbourg. To the north, the Dagsburg castle, to the south, the Weckmund. Thus this massif is an ideal place for the more experienced walkers and hikers. The peace and well-being in this forest allows visitors to discover the historical remains in a preserved natural setting. Les Trois-Châteaux are free of charge at any time and free of charge. However, the road going up is closed from 11 November to 15 March.
Each year, several festivals and festivals take place:
The festival of Winegrowers of Eguisheim is the oldest wine festival in Alsace. It is the last weekend of August that the Eguisiens find the cities and villages friends and twinned of the whole world celebrating, for some, more than 30 years of friendship. During two days, the courses and the cellars are open to all for the tasting of the grape varieties of Eguisheim and Alsatian specialties. Orchestras of Alsatian folklore, jazz and French varieties make dance young and less young until the end of the night. Sunday, family place with a large folk procession and entertainment for children. A festival of wine, gastronomy and friendship that brings together more than 20,000 people each year.
In September, the Festival des Saveurs Musicales combines quality wine and music in the prestigious setting of the church of Saints-Pierre-et-Paul with its Romanesque bell-tower of the 13th century.
In December, the Christmas market of Eguisheim is one of the most traditional of Alsace. During this period the animations are numerous and the magic invades the village which sparkles with a thousand fires.
Discovering Husseren-les-Châteaux: Through its village, its forest, its vineyard. Visit with a guide, followed by a commented tasting of the wines of Alsace. In July and August on Monday at 16h. Departure from the Town Hall. Free participation.
Possibility of renting bikes in Wintzenheim with delivery to the place of your choice.
Fishing in Herrlisheim (sale of fishing cards in the bakery) and Wettolsheim.